Rows of small cones are produced regularly on our large Larch tree, Larix kaempferi. It was found as a self-set seedling some 25 years ago and transplanted to its current position. A deciduous conifer, of course, just like our famous stand of Dawn Redwoods, Metasequoia glyptostroboides, as featured in the RHS magazine The Garden.
Tucked away among our thousands of trees is a Hermitage where Simon the Hermits lives. When approached he’s a friendly chap and will cheerfully show you round his Hermitage and adjacent Shell Grotto. Having lived in the valley at Bocombe, as he says “since before time began”, he’s very knowledgeable about the Mystery of St Bocombe, and the rest of the world!
Visit the gardens at Bocombe Mill Cottage to explore what many an Estate owner in the 18th century paid handsomely for – a live Hermit! Check Simon out here,